Please help us welcome author Z.A. Maxfield and the All Wheel Drive blog tour to TNA today. This is the 18th title in the Bluewater Bay universe, and features Healey Holly, brother of Nash Holly from Hell on Wheels. ZAM’s talking everyday heroes today, so enjoy and then be sure to check out the giveaway from Riptide Publishing below.
Well hello there! Thanks so much for letting me be part of your blog for a little while! All Wheel Drive is a book of my heart. It grew out of my longstanding desire to see characters in romance novels living with challenges that real life readers live with every day.
Physical perfection is certainly an awesome fantasy, and I enjoy books about athletes and billionaires and girls who are perfect 10s. But I have always enjoyed the story of the everyday hero or heroine. It kind of reflects the philosophy of my life, and certainly my marriage. Here’s a quote:
“My wife is decidedly not perfect, but she’s perfect for me,” said my favorite romance hero—my husband. LOLs.
Three things I learned during the writing of this book that surprised me?
- There are a lot a generous people out there. Some are living with disabilities and some are caring for people who live with disabilities. They are willing to share insights with perfect strangers. (I hope that I handled sensitive subject matter in a respectful, healthy way.)
- The human body is an amazing, resilient machine. Our brains are fascinating. Neural plasticity makes it possible for our brains to reroute signals after a massive traumatic injury with often surprising results, but the body and brain together are nothing compared to the human spirit, which is limitless. I am awed by the people whose lives I peeked into for this book.
- The last thing I learned is how hard it is for someone who doesn’t live in a certain situation to write about it. You have the angel on your shoulder saying, “Don’t say anything controversial.” And you have the adversary on your other shoulder saying, “Dig deeper—find the pearls and the grit that caused them.” (I listen to both but I hope I never lost sight of the pearls.)
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About the Book
Healey Holly is battered, depressed, and looking to go to ground in his childhood home. He wants to rent the garage apartment, but it’s Diego Luz’s place now, and the last thing Diego wants is to share it.
Diego is recovering too—from the accident that put him in a wheelchair and the death of his mother shortly after. The garage apartment is where he’s keeping his mother’s things, and as long as they’re up those stairs and he’s down on the ground, there’s no way he can deal with his loss. And that’s just how he likes it.
Healey believes in science. Diego believes in luck. It will take a blend of both, and some prayer thrown in besides, for these two to learn that it’s the journey and the destination that matters.
About Hell on Wheels
Nash is the reliable one in the Holly family, the guy everyone counts on to keep things going. His genius twin brother is off at university, so Nash runs the family’s auto repair business and cares for his partially-paralyzed little sister while his crackpot father invents. His life seems mapped out for the foreseeable future, however much that might chafe.
So when Wolf’s Landing actor Spencer Kepler-Constantine lands in his life, Nash is ready for a diversion. Spencer is in the middle of a very painful, very public divorce and isn’t ready for a relationship—not that Nash wants one. But they both need a friend, especially one with benefits.
As they grow closer, Nash starts to see his family in a whole new light. Do they really need him so badly? Or does he simply need to be needed? Then Spencer’s ex reappears with a grand romantic gesture, and Nash has to figure out what he wants—and how to get it—before Spencer’s gone for good.
About Bluewater Bay
Welcome to Bluewater Bay! This quiet little logging town on Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula has been stagnating for decades, on the verge of ghost town status. Until a television crew moves in to film Wolf’s Landing, a soon-to-be cult hit based on the wildly successful shifter novels penned by local author Hunter Easton.
Wolf’s Landing’s success spawns everything from merchandise to movie talks, and Bluewater Bay explodes into a mecca for fans and tourists alike. The locals still aren’t quite sure what to make of all this—the town is rejuvenated, but at what cost? And the Hollywood-based production crew is out of their element in this small, mossy seaside locale. Needless to say, sparks fly.
This collaborative story world is brought to you by eleven award-winning, best-selling LGBTQ romance authors: L.A. Witt, L.B. Gregg, Z.A. Maxfield, Heidi Belleau, Rachel Haimowitz, Anne Tenino, Amy Lane, SE Jakes, G.B. Gordon, Jaime Samms and Ally Blue. Each contemporary novel stands alone, but all are built around the town and the people of Bluewater Bay and the Wolf’s Landing media empire.
About the Author
Z.A. Maxfield started writing in 2007 on a dare from her children and never looked back. Pathologically disorganized and perennially optimistic, she writes as much as she can, reads as much as she dares, and enjoys her time with family and friends. If anyone asks her how a wife and mother of four manages to find time for a writing career, she’ll answer, “It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you give up housework.”
Her published books include Crossing Borders, Epic Award finalist St. Nacho’s, Drawn Together, ePistols at Dawn, Notturno, Stirring Up Trouble, and Vigil.
Readers can visit her website at http://www.zamaxfield.com, and contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To celebrate the release of All Wheel Drive, one lucky winner will receive an ecopy of Hell on Wheels and a $25 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on July 15, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!